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She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition opens Sept. 23

Dear Lisa,

She Kills Monsters cast rehearsing fight choreography. Photo credit: Vicki Woods

Cast members survey the weapons they will use in She Kills Monsters

We can hardly wait!

She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition, written by Qui Nguyen and directed by MaryKate Lindbeck–assisted by Emma Thurston–opens Sept. 23.

While the plot of She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition centers on high schoolers who play the long-popular roleplaying game “Dungeons and Dragons,” Pentacle Theatre’s production will ring true with older audiences as well, said director Katie Lindbeck.

“Whether you’re 18 or 80, the memory of your high school friends, enemies and experiences that shaped who you are stay with you — always,” Lindbeck said.

“The journey is a comic, action-packed exploration of the assumptions you can make about the people you love and the monsters we all must face inside and out,” said assistant director Emma Thurston.

Read more about this exciting production.

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2023 season has something for everyone

Pentacle's 2023 season offers a wide range of experiences for theater-lovers, including two 2020 shows canceled due to COVID: Shrek and Rabbit Hole.

Season tickets will go on sale in September. Sign up here to receive the season brochure. 


Jan. 13 to Feb. 4

Written by J.B. Priestly

Directed by Isaac Joyce-Shaw


March 3 to 25

Music by Jeanine Tesori and book lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by Robert Salberg


April 21 to May 13

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by Jo Dodge


June 9 to July 1

Written by Arthur Miller

Directed by Seth Allen


Aug. 11 to Sept. 2

Written by Simon Stephens based on the novel by Mark Haddon

Directed by Debbie Neel



Sept 29 to Oct. 21

Book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak

Directed by Loriann Schmidt



Nov. 17 to Dec. 9

Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields 

Directed by Susan Schoaps

Join us in supporting storytelling

Julianna Gibbons, a long-time Pentacle actor and volunteer, recently wrote a letter to many of you. If you didn’t see it, you’ll want to read what she has to say:

I am a storyteller. 

You are a storyteller. 

For as long as humans have formed communities, we have been storytellers. The urge to connect with one another unites us, and allows our connections to span time and place. I want to share my story with you.

And, I also want to encourage you to support the vital storytelling that happens at Pentacle Theatre. 

I am a theater teacher. Since I was a child, all I wanted to do was perform. Hours were spent before the mirrored feature wall in my childhood home practicing the perfect melodramatic face. The number of times I subjected my younger brother to “It’s time to play school!” was an early sign that I’d go into teaching.

I delighted in theater in middle and high school and was active on stage and backstage as a costumer. At Western Oregon University, I double majored in Theater and Language Arts Teaching and became endorsed in both and in Public Speaking. I started my professional career at South Salem High School, a wonderful place full of supportive colleagues and creative potential.

For years, it was exhausting but also fantastic and enriching. I was happy to pour all my energy into my work.

Fast forward a decade. I was buried. 

I was directing and producing between three and seven shows per year at South. I was taking students on multi-day field trips to see and create more theater. It left me exhausted and – after a decade of this grind – I was on a sure path to burnout.

I struggled to find my joy.

Learn how Julianna refilled her cup

Visit our brand-new museum of history

We enjoyed spending time with and thanking our donors, sponsors and Bright Lights Society members at our 2023 season reveal. One of the treats they received was a preview of our new history installation. Send us a note at to arrange a tour! I think you will find it fascinating. I know you will leave feeling inspired by the vision of our founders. 

See you at the theater!

Executive Director
PO Box 8271, Salem OR 97303
Office Phone: 503-485-4300
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